Partner Agencies

United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta funds programs and projects that align with our Three Pillars. These are programs which help people avoid or move out of poverty, build healthy people and strong communities, and help children and youth reach their potential.

Partner Agencies and funded programs change on a yearly basis. Who decides who we support?

Agencies We Fund

(403) 328-9355

Traditional Mentoring Program

  • The Traditional Mentoring program is a community-based program where an individual over the age of 18 is paired with a child between he ages of 6-16. Matches are made based on compatibility, and the objective is for matched pairs to spent 1:1 time together in the community for 2-3 hours per week for one year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of Canada’s most well-known mentoring charities. It facilitates positive relationships for children and youth lacking strong role models. These relationships inspire and empower them to reach their potential and grow as members of our community. Since 1973, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lethbridge and District has been making matches and has since grown to provide a variety of programs for both boys and girls in our community.

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(403) 382-6400

Healthy School Lunch Program

  • Many residents at St. Michael’s Health Centre and Martha's House have expressed interest in continuing to volunteer in the community. These residents will be involved in preparing bagged lunches for students to three city schools to provide young learners with at least one daily meal that they might not otherwise get. Delivery is carried out through partnerships with existing food access services in the community. The result is enhanced food security for students in school, and regular, meaningful activity for seniors.

The Covenant Foundation invests in transforming health care and helping to create vibrant communities of health and healing.

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403-603-3232

Family Support Program

  • Supports for people with all types of disabilities in the Claresholm area. Includes employment support, help navigating services, and supports for family members and siblings of people with disabilities.

Based in High River, Inclusion Foothills (formerly Foothills SNAPS) provides support, education, and information to families who are living with or are connected to someone with special needs, in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Inclusion Foothills works with families and communities to connect them to the right resources.

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(403) 327-2911

Beyond Graduation: Cultivating an Inclusive Life

  • In this program, Inclusion Lethbridge offers capacity building services for youth with disabilities and their families as they transition from youth to adulthood.

Inclusion Lethbridge believes in a diverse, welcoming and healthy community. It advocates for and supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families so that they can live as valued citizens, free of discrimination and enjoy the rights, responsibilities and benefits of citizenship. Available resources include Strategic Future Planning for a Good Life; PLAN Network Planning, which helps families plan for the futures of loved ones with disabilities; the Family Managed Resource Centre, and many other resources for both families and individuals.

 

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(403) 320-8779

Baby Bundle Program

  • Increased nourishment and access to resources for expectant parents, baby bundles with food and supplies for infants under the age of one year, and Smart Start for Safety items to help create a safe environment for baby at home.

The Interfaith Food Bank has been providing access to food and services generated from within the community since 1989. It caters to those in situations raging from single-parenthood, to seniors, to the under- or unemployed and many others. In addition to providing food hampers to those in need, Interfaith Food Bank also educates members on the importance of fresh food through the Interfaith Learning Garden and offers cooking classes in the Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen.

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403-327-8202

Re-Entry Support

  • Delivered at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre to support individuals in their re-integration into the community. Includes support for goal-setting, addressing addictions, employment, housing, family reunification and more.

The John Howard Society of Alberta is a non-profit agency concerned with the problem of crime and its prevention. The organization takes its name and spirit from the 18th century humanitarian John Howard, whose name has become a symbol of humane consideration for prisoners. It was incorporated in 1949, and today the organization consists of seven separately incorporated districts along with the Provincial Office.

 

403-327-3635 / 1-800-268-1177

Financial Assistance Service

  • This service provides short-term, bridge financial assistance for expenditures related to a person's medical conditions, where there is urgent financial need, and no other source of funding. The Financial Assistance Service can assist kidney patients with expenditures such as prescription medication, transportation to treatment, temporary accommodations and meals. The Kidney FOundation also provides equipment like blood pressure machines, scales and thermometers.

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403-317-7710

Rural Outreach

  • Connecting with those living with, and affected by Parkinson disease in rural communities like Cardston, Fort Macleod, Taber, and Pincher Creek. Support services, education, information and resources.

Parkinson Association of Alberta helps improve daily life for Albertans affected by Parkinson disease. They provide support services, education, advocacy and funds for research.

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Summer Day Camp Program

  • The Summer Day Camp takes place in Taber and is for children who have experienced or witnessed family violence, have been affected by bullying, children who come from families who identify as low income, or who are facing social difficulties.The camp will provide support for participants to develop positive social relationships with both their peers and summer camp counsellors. Our program will enable children and youth to participate in various field trips for recreational, cultural, social, and civic activities within our service area. 

Safe Haven Women’s Shelter Society is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping women and children in crisis. Safe Haven strives to end the cycle of abuse through the delivery of inclusive, non-judgmental support services to individuals, families and communities. The goal is to provide a safe place for women and children in an effort to end domestic violence and abuse. From a trauma-informed approach, we use a community-based response to bring together health, education, criminal justice, law enforcement, and community agencies in providing direct services.

Services offered by Safe Haven are free, voluntary, and non-judgmental. Safe Haven provides services in seven different ways: Emergency Shelter Services, 24 hour Crisis line, Emergency Shelter Child Support, Summer Day Camp, Adopt-A-Family, Safe Families Intervention Team Taber, and Community Outreach/Intensive Case Management.

24/7 CRISIS LINE: 403-223-0483

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403-320-1515

Self-Advocacy Workshops

  • Promotes self-advocacy and provides impartial information on independent living for individuals with developmental disabilities. Supports individuals in learning about their rights and developing abilities of self-determination.

SAIPA's mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to drive change in their communities. The organization inspired people with developmental disabilities to become engaged, empowered citizens and to know they are valued members of an inclusive community.

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(403) 327-4305

Peer Support Program

  • Peer-led support groups for individuals living with schizophrenia. Participants develop coping skills, share experiences, and provide hope and encouragement in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta works toward improving the quality of life for Albertans living with schizophrenia and psychosis and their families through education, support programs, public policy and research. A variety of programs are available at the local level.

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403-320-5983

Positive Parent-Child Interactions

  • Interactions between parents and their children contribute to early literacy and communication skills and teach emotional cues. In times of increased stress, interactions between parents and children can be strained.
    A cache of books and play bags will help support the parent-child interactions of virtual and in-person home visits, enrich home environment and promote ongoing warm, nurturing and communicative parent-child interactions.

Parents as Teachers is an innovative, evidence-based model using the best research available on child development to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life through a comprehensive home visitation program. Parents as Teachers model-certified home visitors deliver four components of a cohesive package of services that are designed to identify and build on family strengths, capabilities and skills and build protective factors within the family.

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(403) 317-1777

Wood’s Homes provides the Lethbridge community with resources and services to address the critical needs of families, children and youth during times of crisis. Wood’s Homes supports vulnerable youth and can assist them in developing life skills as they make the transition into productive members of the community. At the provincial level Wood's Homes is a strong advocate for children's mental health issues.

Emergency Youth Shelter - Provides an environment safe from abuse and neglect including overnight support to homeless or near homeless youth under 18. Wood’s Homes can provide beds, 3 meals a day, showers and laundry facilities. Weekend walk-in support resources are also available.

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